General Counsel (Attorney Advisor) at Inter-American Foundation

Inter-American Foundation

Full-Time

Washington, DC, USA

Not defined

20 Nov → 20 Dec

Job Description

[ad_1]

Position description

Come join the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a nimble and transformative U.S. government agency that invests in community-led development across Latin America and the Caribbean. The General Counsel (GC) provides legal and policy advice to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO, and staff of the IAF. As GC, the incumbent serves as the agency representative, counselor, and voice on agency legal matters dealing with administrative and operational issues, as well as foreign assistance.

For all information about this position and how to apply, please visit the official job announcement on USAJobs.

Duties
• Furnishes advice, opinions, and assistance with regards to legal and policy matters arising in the conduct of IAF business including supporting the Board’s governance and oversight function.
• Reviews for legal sufficiency and policy compliance, project proposals which come to the IAF from a variety of sources, both foreign and domestic, private, regional, and international organizations.
• Oversee and manage an internal legal team which include in-house attorneys and a paralegal.
• Develops or adapts grants, contracts, agreements, leases, and other formats for use in formal agreements.
• Drafts or reviews for legal sufficiency grants and agreements on behalf of the IAF. Advises IAF staff who negotiate grants, contracts, leases, or agreements with external agents and may negotiate directly on behalf of the IAF when warranted.
• Serves as a member of the agency’s senior leadership, with shared authority and responsibility for a range of issues that are the long-term drivers of the agency’s success.
• Drafts and/or reviews agency policies to ensure compliance with appropriate Federal laws, regulations, and other policy/ legal guidance or directives.
• Responsible for the IAF’s ethics program. Administers and provides review of financial disclosure and outside activities reports,and conducts the annual training program.
• Administers the agency’s ethics program, provides review of financial disclosure and outside activities reports, and conducts the annual training program.
• Provides guidance to staff, Board, Advisory Council, and potential nominees on a variety of government ethics issues, including conflicts of interests, acceptance of gifts, and outside activities.
• Reviews and provides agency clearance during the nomination process for Board members.

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment
• US Citizenship is required.
• Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
• Direct Deposit of pay is required.
• Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

Qualifications

You must meet all of the following qualification requirements:
• You must possess a J.D./LL.B. Law Degree from an accredited college or university. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts.)
• You must be an active member in good standing of the Bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (You must submit a copy to verify your standing.)
• You must have at least 7 years of broad, responsible professional legal experience performing professional legal work as a licensed attorney, providing advice in a General Counsel’s office, or a federal or other government agency, or in a law firm, or private sector organization. This experience must demonstrate knowledge of U.S. domestic law and regulations as these relate to international assistance programs and Federal agency administrative operations.

Work experience must also include researching, analyzing, and preparing verbal advice and written briefs, memoranda, and/or other legal documents in two or more of the following areas: Federal Personnel and EEO law; Appropriations Law; laws, regulations, OMB circulars and other rules applicable to Federal grant-making; or Federal administrative law (FOIA, Ethics in Government Act, Sunshine Act, and/or others).

All experience must clearly be described in your resume in order to receive credit.

Fluency in English is required and to have at least one of the principle languages of countries with whom IAF interacts (Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole) is desired.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Application instructions

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.

2. Other supporting documents:
• College transcript(s)-J.D./LL.B. Law Degree transcripts from an accredited college or university.
• Certification of Bar membership: proof that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
• Cover Letter

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans’ preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/). Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials – you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency’s staffing offices.

It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to EO 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
• To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
• You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
• You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
• To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
• You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire at: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11707834

If you have questions about this job, please contact the HR Office representative listed in the “Agency Contact Info” section of the official vacancy announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please refer to the How to Apply section on the official announcement and explore the Federal Application Process information on the USAJobs website.

Apply Now

To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover/motivation letter where (un-job.com) you saw this job posting.

Job Responsibilities

  • Furnishes advice, opinions, and assistance with regards to legal and policy matters arising in the conduct of IAF business including supporting the Board’s governance and oversight function
  • Reviews for legal sufficiency and policy compliance, project proposals which come to the IAF from a variety of sources, both foreign and domestic, private, regional, and international organizations
  • Oversee and manage an internal legal team which include in-house attorneys and a paralegal
  • Develops or adapts grants, contracts, agreements, leases, and other formats for use in formal agreements
  • Drafts or reviews for legal sufficiency grants and agreements on behalf of the IAF
  • Advises IAF staff who negotiate grants, contracts, leases, or agreements with external agents and may negotiate directly on behalf of the IAF when warranted
  • Serves as a member of the agency’s senior leadership, with shared authority and responsibility for a range of issues that are the long-term drivers of the agency’s success
  • Drafts and/or reviews agency policies to ensure compliance with appropriate Federal laws, regulations, and other policy/ legal guidance or directives
  • Responsible for the IAF’s ethics program
  • Administers the agency’s ethics program, provides review of financial disclosure and outside activities reports, and conducts the annual training program
  • Provides guidance to staff, Board, Advisory Council, and potential nominees on a variety of government ethics issues, including conflicts of interests, acceptance of gifts, and outside activities
  • Reviews and provides agency clearance during the nomination process for Board members
  • You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed

Requirements / Qualifications

  • US Citizenship is required

  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation

  • You must possess a J.D./LL.B

  • (You must submit a copy to verify your standing.)

  • You must have at least 7 years of broad, responsible professional legal experience performing professional legal work as a licensed attorney, providing advice in a General Counsel’s office, or a federal or other government agency, or in a law firm, or private sector organization

  • This experience must demonstrate knowledge of U.S. domestic law and regulations as these relate to international assistance programs and Federal agency administrative operations

  • Work experience must also include researching, analyzing, and preparing verbal advice and written briefs, memoranda, and/or other legal documents in two or more of the following areas: Federal Personnel and EEO law; Appropriations Law; laws, regulations, OMB circulars and other rules applicable to Federal grant-making; or Federal administrative law (FOIA, Ethics in Government Act, Sunshine Act, and/or others)

  • All experience must clearly be described in your resume in order to receive credit

  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered

  • FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university

  • Law Degree transcripts from an accredited college or university

  • Certification of Bar membership: proof that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

  • Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S

  • Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications

Share job

Facebook icon
Linkedin icon
Twitter icon